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EU watchdog sets up TikTok task force, warns on Clearview AI software

Chinese video app TikTok’s practices are to be examined by an EU task force, the bloc’s privacy watchdog said on Wednesday, which also warned EU police forces against using facial recognition software from U.S. company Clearview AI.

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) said it would set up a task force to assess TikTok’s activities across the bloc after a request from an EU lawmaker concerned about its data collection methods and security and privacy risks. The task force will coordinate potential actions and seek an overview of TikTok’s processing and practices across the EU, the EDPB said in a statement.

Source: EU watchdog sets up TikTok task force, warns on Clearview AI software – Reuters

Irish regulator reaches preliminary decision in Twitter privacy probe

Twitter may be the first big technology firm to face a fine by the EU’s lead regulator under the region’s tougher data protection rules after it submitted a preliminary decision in a probe into the social media firm to other member states.

The Twitter ruling relates to a 2019 probe into a bug in its Android app, where some users’ protected tweets were made public. Twitter is the subject of two of the 20 other inquiries the DPC had open into big tech firms at the end of 2019.

The DPC is not commenting on the substance of the preliminary Twitter decision at this point, Deputy Commissioner Graham Doyle told Reuters.

Source: Irish regulator reaches preliminary decision in Twitter privacy probe – EURACTIV.com

EU privacy regulators investigate Apple’s handling of Siri snippets again

Apple is facing fresh questions from its lead data protection regulator in Europe following a public complaint by a former contractor who revealed last year that workers doing quality grading for Siri were routinely overhearing sensitive user data.

Responding to the latest Apple complaint from le Bonniec, the DPC’s deputy commissioner, Graham Doyle, told TechCrunch: “The DPC engaged with Apple on this issue when it first arose last summer and Apple has since made some changes. However, we have followed up again with Apple following the release of this public statement and await responses.”

Source: Apple’s handling of Siri snippets back in the frame after letter of complaint to EU privacy regulators | TechCrunch

Norwegian DPA launches investigation into Disqus

The Norwegian data protection authority has launched an investigation into Disqus for allegedly collecting information about Norwegians through comment areas of websites without proper information.

DPA noted that in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data processing must be legal and transparent and that, in light of this, collecting data without providing prior information is problematic. DPA stated that it has sent a letter to Disqus requesting answers on the investigated practices.

Source: Requires statement from Disqus | Inspectorate

Irish data protection commissioner liaises with European colleagues over Zoom concerns

The Data Protection Commission (DPC), the Irish data supervisory authority headed up by Helen Dixon, has asked other data protection authorities for information regarding Zoom, the US-based video conferencing system.

A move by the DPC to speak with partners across Europe about Zoom follows reports globally of data breaches, where third parties were accessing or hacking into conference calls.

Source: Irish data protection commissioner liaises with European colleagues over Zoom concerns – Independent.ie

Zoom is under privacy scrutiny from the NY Attorney General

The NY attorney general’s office sent a letter to Zoom asking what security measures the company has put in place to handle its huge surge in usage.

It’s also become popular as a tool for socializing. That’s forced the company to address data privacy and security concerns that weren’t as in-focus before, when it was primarily used in the workplace.

“Zoom takes its users’ privacy, security, and trust extremely seriously. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working around-the-clock to ensure that hospitals, universities, schools, and other businesses across the world can stay connected and operational. We appreciate the New York Attorney General’s engagement on these issues and are happy to provide her with the requested information,” the company said in a statement.

Source: Zoom is under privacy scrutiny from the NY Attorney General – Business Insider

CNIL Unveils 2020 Inspection Strategy and Announces Cookie Investigations

On March 12, 2020, the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) released its annual inspection strategy for 2020.

The CNIL carries out approximately 300 inspections every year. These inspections are initiated (1) following complaints lodged with the CNIL; (2) in light of current topics in the news; (3) after the CNIL has adopted corrective measures ( e.g. , formal notices, sanctions) in order to verify whether the organization in question adopted the measures or remedied the situation; and (4) as part of the CNIL’s annual inspection strategy.

Source: CNIL Unveils 2020 Inspection Strategy and Announces Cookie Investigations

Adtech giant Criteo is being investigated by France’s data watchdog

Adtech giant Criteo is under investigation by the French data protection watchdog, the CNIL, following a complaint filed by privacy rights campaign group Privacy International.

Privacy International has been campaigning for more than a year for European data protection agencies to investigate several adtech players and data brokers involved in programmatic advertising.

Source: Adtech giant Criteo is being investigated by France’s data watchdog | TechCrunch

Tinder’s handling of user data is now under GDPR probe in Europe

Dating app Tinder is the latest tech service to find itself under formal investigation in Europe over how it handles user data.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has today announced a formal probe of how Tinder processes users’ personal data; the transparency surrounding its ongoing processing; and compliance with obligations with regard to data subject right’s requests.

Source: Tinder’s handling of user data is now under GDPR probe in Europe – TechCrunch

Irish DPA investigates Google’s processing of location data

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) – Irelands data protection authority -, in its role as Lead Supervisory Authority for Google, started a formal investigation into Google’s practices to track the location of users and the transparency surrounding that processing.

The investigation follows a series of complaints by several national consumer groups across the EU. Consumer organisations argue that the consent to “share” users’ location data was not freely given and consumers were tricked into accepting privacy-intrusive settings. Such practices are not compliant with the EU’s data protection law GDPR.

DPC will establish whether Google has a valid legal basis for processing the location data of its users and whether it meets its obligations as a data controller with regard to transparency.

Source: Data Protection Commission launches Statutory Inquiry into Google’s processing of location data and transparency surrounding that processing | 04/02/2020 | Data Protection Commission

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